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A Wedding (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 August 1978 (USA)
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The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.

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Tulip Brenner
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Snooks Brenner
Amy Stryker ...
Muffin Brenner
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Buffy Brenner
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Hughie Brenner
Gerald Busby ...
Rev. David Ruteledge
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Candice Ruteledge
Mark R. Deming ...
Matthew Ruteledge
Mary Seibel ...
Aunt Marge Spar
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Ruby Spar
Lesley Rogers ...
Rosie Bean
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Russell Bean (as Timothy Thomerson)
Marta Heflin ...
Shelby Munker
David Brand ...
Ruteledge Child
Christian Brand ...
Ruteledge Child (as Chris Brand)
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Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the aging priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's grandma expires in bed just as the reception starts. Could be quite an occasion. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The production shoot for this movie ran for eight weeks. The picture was shot during Summer. See more »

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When Tracy arrives at the reception she apologizes to Toni for "missing the wedding." It was stated earlier that only family members were invited to the actual ceremony. As Dino's ex-girlfriend, Tracy wouldn't have been expected to attend. See more »

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Snooks Brenner: [to his family] What's everybody standing around for? There's not a God-damned thing we can do about it! It's a hell of a wedding!
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The Second Time Around
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Chris La Kome
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One of the last classic 70's films to come out of the decade...
29 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Though not as fully realized a film as MASH or Nashville, this is still a great film worthy of study in film classes and deserving of a better reputation than it currently receives. Altman showcases a wedding between two different classes of American society from vows to alcohol sodden, pot hazed, emotional let down end. I think what bothers most people about this film is that it doesn't hone in on any particular story line or character. Curiously, many recent films, Love Actually and Magnolia, for example, also present many story lines, but in too much detail, attempting to force the audience to care about each and every disparate story line and in my opinion, fails miserably. Altman, instead, only presents snippets of conversations, glimpses into the characters assembled for the wedding. For some reason this movie reminds me very much of the famous painting by Velasquez, Las Meninas. Velasquez's painting shows a royal family, posed rather informally and in the background can be seen the painter himself, painting the picture that is in fact being viewed. Many clues are given by the painter about the people shown, but nothing is obvious. Things are not as they appear to be. And the painting can keep it's audience at a distance if the viewer is not informed or it can bring the viewer into it's closed circle, if the viewer has the intelligence to know where to look. So too, does Altman's A Wedding, keep it's viewers at a distance and yet at the same time, constantly provides portals into the world of its characters. I think Altman does an outstanding job of treating the viewer as if he were an invisible guest at the wedding. Though the bride's father is a successful business man, he's a self made man and not to the manor born and while he can afford to give his daughter an opulent wedding it does not alter the fact that the family his daughter is marrying into, comes from a different echelon of society. One that has lineage and history as well as financial success. It's hard to relate to the groom's family unless one has been exposed to or comes from that world. Altman accurately portrays the idosyncrasies and cultural idioms that make up the world of the cushioned and privileged. This is a great film that holds its own in film culture and in the pantheon of great films from Altman.


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